Launched in 1992, Spawn was one of the original Image Comics titles and now 27 years later, the series is being honored with a Guinness World Record for “the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book series.” Spawn #301 is released October 9, which gives it the honor.
“Any record that is based on longevity, is made on the backs of dozens of people,” said McFarlane. “As much as I am proud to be receiving this award, I gratefully accept it on behalf of all those who helped me the past 27 years on this journey.”
It’s nice of McFarlane to mention that this record was made on the backs of other people because he hasn’t always been writer or artist on the creator-owned title, paying other creators to work on it. A lot less impressive than a complete effort from a singular creator over 300 issues.
McFarlane will receive his official certificate at a ceremony during New York Comic Con which takes place on Saturday, October 5th prior to McFarlane’s panel, “The Road to Historic SPAWN 300 and 301.” The panel will take place in Room #1A10 from 5:45- 6:45 P.M.